Court told drunken cyclist was swerving and fell off

A MACKAY man knows it was a "silly mistake" to ride his bicycle while more than four times the limit.

It is a drink-driving offence under Queensland law.

Police were driving on Sydney St about 2.05am on December 16 when they saw Shane John Randle "attempting to" ride a bike.

He was swerving and having trouble staying on the bicycle. Traffic had to actively try and avoid him, the Mackay Magistrates Court was told.

When police approached him, Randle attempted to flee on his bike but he fell off, the court was told.

Randle was not wearing a helmet and he obstructed police doing their job.

An analysis revealed Randle's blood alcohol reading was 0.211%, the court was told.

"I regret everything I've done," Randle said.

The 30-year-old, who represented himself, said he had recently moved to Airlie Beach.

The court was told he'd had a prior drink-driving charge in May 2014 and his reading had been 0.141%.

Magistrate Nerida Wilson said it was going to be an "expensive experience".

Ms Wilson said she was "troubled" that he'd had two very high readings.

Randle pleaded guilty to driving a vehicle other can a motor vehicle under the influence, failing to wear an approved helmet and obstructing police. He was fined $1700 and disqualified from driving for 15 months.



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